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Charles Manson Is My Father-Woman tells world of horrific discovery
by Rachael Bletchly, Daily Mirror 21/05/2011
This is the secret daughter of serial killer Charles Manson, Rebecca Evans-Bonyadi with her half-brother Matthew Roberts (Pic:Splash)
Taken quietly into care as a baby, Rebecca Evans-Bonyadi was full of hope for tearful reunions and a happy family future when she began tracking down her natural parents as a teenager.
But the 15-year-old girl’s cherished dream became a living nightmare when she discovered her real dad was one of the world’s most notorious murderers.
Rebecca had lived with 10 different foster families and had been determined to find her biological mum and dad when she was confronted by the sinister truth.. her father was Charles Manson. And the realisation she was related to the US serial killer and cult leader left a lasting legacy on her.
She read with horror about his weird sect and their gruesome murder of actress Sharon Tate and eight others and it has taken her more than 25 years to publicly admit: “I’m Charles Manson’s daughter.” Her anguish is shared by Matthew Roberts, 42, who told the world he was Charles Manson’s son in 2009.
In an exclusive interview, Rebecca, now 41, told the Mirror: “When I was in high school I began to get curious about my background and who my real parents were. The truth came as a complete shock and at 15 it was very difficult to deal with.
“I was hurt and confused and I didn’t understand why nobody had ever told me. As I grew up it was hard to have relationships with people, to describe my past. I was worried it might scare some people away. Because of what he had done, I was scared people would apply that to me and I’m not that kind of a person at all. I found it difficult to get close to people and haven’t been able to tell anyone about my past – until now.”
Despite moving between numerous foster families in Los Angeles, Rebecca insists she had a happy childhood but as she hit her teens she wanted to discover her true roots.
She started doing some research through the LA County system and found out she had been taken into care from a place called Spahn Ranch.
Unbeknown to Rebecca, the ranch in the mountains above Chatsworth, California, was the secluded spot where Manson lived with his followers.
Ranch owner George Spahn, then 80, had allowed the group to move in rent free, in exchange for housework and sexual favours from young female members of the cult. In the summer of 1969, Manson and some of his “family” members committed a series of nine horrific murders. Victims included pregnant star Tate – the wife of film director Roman Polanski.
In 1971 Manson, along with Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten and Charles Watson, were convicted of the murders. Manson, described as “the icon of evil”, was sentenced to death but when California scrapped the death penalty in 1972 it was commuted to life imprisonment. He is still behind bars in California State Prison in Corcoran, aged 76.
As unsuspecting Rebecca later continued to delve into her family history, she contacted her social worker, who handed over her birth certificate, and managed to track down her biological mother, Andrea Kavakow.
Sales assistant Rebecca said: “When I asked her who my father was, she told me how she had met Charles Manson in the 60s, had started hanging out with him and had basically became one of the members of his group.
Then she said Charles Manson was my father. Of course, I knew the name and that he was the killer of Sharon Tate because the case has been so widely publicised. I wasn’t angry or tearful – at first I just felt disbelief. Then everything started to make sense... how I ended up taken from my parents and I finally had the answers. “Bizarrely, I even started looking for similarities between me and the pictures of him, but I don’t think there are any. Then I started doing more research and had really mixed emotions.
The things I found out were obviously very shocking, but I was more curious than anything else, and I tried not to judge him because I really didn’t know him.” Rebecca became so curious she even considered trying to visit Manson in jail. “I also thought about writing him a letter,” she confessed.
“I kept getting interested in finding him and talking to him, but then I would get scared and back off because of what I might find out. In the future, I might contact him or other ‘family’ members and talk to them, but not right now. I’d want to know what motivated them and what kind of life they led.
Rebecca says she is still haunted by what had been her dark secret.
"I didn't tell anybody when I found out and in 25 years I’ve only told my half brother and sister,” she said.
“I was completely in shock and afraid of what people would say or think.”
But despite all she knows about her serial killer father, Rebecca refuses to condemn Charles Manson.
“I haven’t got the right to form an opinion about him or judge him because I haven’t met him,” she said.
The one person who understands Rebecca’s distress is musician Matthew, who discovered his father’s identity after getting in touch with his biological mother 12 years ago. She revealed he was conceived when she was raped by Manson in 1967. Rebecca said: “I read about Matthew and wanted to meet him. He plays in a band so I went to a few of his shows and eventually introduced myself.”
Matthew, who bears a haunting resemblance to his killer father, confessed: “When Rebecca first told me I didn’t believe it. I thought she was a bit nutty.
“But I eventually gave her my phone number. We didn’t really talk about Charles Manson. We just hung out together. What could we say? Maybe we didn’t want to accept it. I think we were both still dealing with our feelings about it.
“I’ve never had a blood relative or any kind of genetic connection to anybody and one of the main reasons I went public was in the hope that somebody like Rebecca would come forward.
“I think there are probably other children out there who were parcelled off to different parents and have no idea who their father is.
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